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North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei November 27th 2017

Nu har vi haft vår semester i semestern. Den delen då vi bara kunnat luta oss tillbaka och slappa utan att behöva planera så mycket. Det var fantastiskt att få spendera en vecka hos Adina och Eric på Hawaii. Det känns lite overkligt att de bor så långt borta och har sin vardag på en paradisö som Kauai. Vi kände oss i alla fall som hemma hos dem och njöt av att spendera tid tillsammans. Hawaii var nästan helt perfekt. Det enda vi skulle velat ändra på var att vi hade velat stannat där längre än åtta dagar. Vi var väl medvetna om att vi bara skulle hinna en liten del av alla äventyr man kan göra på Kauai, så utifrån det tog vi dagen som den kom och gjorde några hiker och utflykter. Det var ... read more
Tunnels beach, Kauai
Adina i solnedgången
Stand up paddle på Hanalei river

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei April 21st 2017

Our last day in Princeville turned out to be cloudy and wet so it made having to leave a bit easier although the sun did break through around 6pm. On top of that David, Tracey, Annie, Michael, Claire, Alexander, Jill, Trevor, George, Lisa, Peter, Luke and Georgie had departed so, the party was definitely nearing the end. We've enjoyed lots of adventures; amongst them, cocktails at the St Regis while watching sunset and sabering of a champagne bottle as the sun went down. It was at the St Regis where Kev said G'day to Pierce Brosnan (apparently he has a house on Kaua'i along with many other actors including Harrison Ford and Julia Roberts). After cocktails and that bit of excitement at St Regis we enjoyed a lovely evening meal at Tiki Iniki with those party ... read more
Ginger Margarita
Sunset and champagne sabering at St Regis
Kilauea Point signs

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei April 18th 2017

Well the 60th birthday bash for Michael - aka Darling - aka Allie - aka Sadders - is now just a wonderful memory. The birthday boy wanted the begin the celebration by watching sunset over Hanalei Beach. This called for a bit of setting up on the beach first; Tiki sticks, cheese, biscuits, Chandon bubbly, wine, beer, chairs and the like. The rain magically stayed away and we witnessed a great sunset. Beach frivolity over, once darkness set in and with equipment re-packed in cars we headed back to the house we're staying in for the rest of the party which included a 60 cupcake birthday cake, one of which Michael wore! Before the night was over we were treated to Michael and Claire performing a piece from the musical "It Should Have Been You"' the ... read more
Birthday boy arrives
Darling & Annette
David, George & Darling

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei April 15th 2017

What better way to celebrate a 60th birthday than to invite some friends to join you in Hawaii to do so. That's what Michael did resulting in friends from Australia, Switzerland, USA and the UK accepting the challenge and here we all are. Kev and I flew from Sydney to Honululu on the same flight as the birthday boy himself. In Honolulu we met up with Annie, Michael, Claire and Alexander and from there we all flew to Kaua'i which is the island where the movie Jurassic Park was filmed. Advertised as the 'Garden Island' it has sculpted mountain ridges, lush rainforests and spectacular beaches together with the natural grandeur of the Waimea Canyon and the awe-inspiring scenery of the Nā Pali Coast which, at this stage we're yet to explore. By the time everyone had ... read more
Our last look back at Sydney
With Claire, Michael, Alexander and Annie
Birthday boy Michael's there too

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei July 19th 2013

Aloha! We have had an amazing 10 days in Hawaii, so much to see and do, much more than I had expected! Our adventure started on the big island in a cute wooden cabin up at 1500m in volcano national park, this is the home of the remaining active volcanos on Hawaii. Following a drive up though jagged lava fields we spent our first evening watching sunset from the top of the road at about 10'000 feet up Mauna Loa, a 15,000 ft volcano, overlooking its craters and the pacific ocean with a picnic dinner. After sunset we donned our head torches for a walk through the scrub under the star filled sky to see the glow of bubbling lava from one of the active craters, a pretty amazing start to our Hawaiian adventure! We spent ... read more
Na Pali coast on north of Kauai, about the most beautiful place we've ever seen
The top of Mauna Kea, one of the best places on earth for star gazing so full of observatories
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei April 1st 2013

Kauai North shore, March 2013... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei December 17th 2012

Dec 17th, A trip to Kee Beach again for gazing the sunset. I just went to the beach and was admiring a beautiful sunset on a rainy evening. Noone else was there, which seemed strange to me. Because this was the day when Kalalau trail was closed for more than three weeks. When I got to Haena State Park a police car was standing there and preventing anyone to go on the Kalalau trail. I was allowed to go to the beach for the sunset. Later I found out that they were searching for a man who threw off a japanese tourist down the cliff on the Kalalau trail. She was badly injured, but survived as far as I heard. The suspect was not found during the three weeks on the trail. How evil can people ... read more
Kilauea Point Lighthouse
Sunset at Kee Beach
Hawaiian Monk Seal

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei December 16th 2012

One of the most iconic trails for hiking is the Kalalau trail along the Na Pali coast from Kee beach to Kalalau beach. that would be a multiple day hike and you have to get a permit. I only did a daytrip to Hanakapiai beach and back. This stretch of land is amazing!... read more
Kilauea Point
Kilauea Point lighthouse
Moku'ae'ae Island

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei October 30th 2012

Spent our first full day in Hanalei hiking the 8 mile round trip trail to Hanakapi'ai Falls. I very unwisely selected my Columbia sandals for this hike, thinking they would work best for getting across the small rivers. Um - No. You need hiking boots for this trail. And Kevlar. And a helmet. And lots of sunscreen. And a helicopter. It's no stroll through the park. It's a kick-your-butt, bring-your-machete-and-ropes sort of trail with ants, tree roots, lots of rocks, slippery streams and a narrow path that teases you into following the wrong way. After working our way up and down those monsterous crevices of the Napali Coast mountains, we made it to a rocky beach occupied by lots of other hikers and nice feral kitties. It was a beautiful and wild cove, too dangerous to ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei October 23rd 2012

Our day started at 4:30 a.m. with just a few hours of sleep. I had planned on pulling out of the driveway by 6 a.m., but you know how it goes. There are chickens to be let out, a pony who needs more water, a million little things to remember, then forget when you find something else, then stand around like a dork trying to remember why you walked into that room in the first place. We made our escape by 6:20... then Paul remembered that he forgot to turn off the water hose leading to the horse trough, so we made a u-turn. God help us when we're in our 80s. We stopped at my mom's house to drop off our car and use her car to get to the airport. Traffic was crazy. Note ... read more
I think I see Jesus in the clouds
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View from Budget rent-a-car




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